236 LETTERS FROM THE You will find both Colombier and Mereville in Cassini's maps. The former was a seat of M. de Gouvernet's. Mademoiselle du Th£s' Lees were Lit de repos, Lit de parade and La fleur des Lis. She herself may have been Lie du peuple. The French expect an immense emigration from England at the peace, driven out by taxes and discontents and tempted by the sale of national property. How long did Dutens stay with you ? I must say for the French, that they are infinitely less given to forget a friend, to pay him court or to neglect him on account of his " actions" being rehausses or abaiss&es, than our John Bulls. I have always observed that you may fascinate the most proud and sensible Englishman with a good dinner. You will not suppose old age is creeping upon me very fast when I tell you that I walked this morning (being our idle day) to Melun and back again, nearly twenty miles, and I do not feel tired in the least. It is such pleasant walking; a hard sand or mossy turf, and there are such varieties of wood and rock. I have been entertained with reading "A Journey in the Pyrenees, Bareges, Bagni£res, &c."